is to free all people from corporate domination
of politics, economics, the environment, culture and information; to
establish true democracy; and to create a just society with a
sustainable, equitable economy.
DEMOCRACY is a new Populist
movement --- not a political party ---
setting forth to end the domination of our economy, our government, our
culture, our media
and the environment by large corporations.
THE ALLIANCE brings people together to build a progressive populist
movement to end the corporate domination of our economy, our
government, our culture, our media and the environment. It is time to
end corporate rule.
WE AIM TO
PROMOTE true democracy
in our country and help achieve a
just society with a sustainable, equitable economy. We work together
organizations, both here and abroad, who share these goals.
PEOPLE from every walk of
life who have come together from
across the country, listened to each other, and united to end corporate
rule. We are
committed to true democracy, with focus for the voice and will of the
people; to social
and economic justice for all people; and to the building of alternative
human-sized economic systems.
THESE GOALS with
respect for the dignity of all people and,
in a nonviolent way, seek linkages with similar groups to form a new
both in the United States and around the world.
REFORM isn't enough
anymore. The corporate system will
not permit us to win anything fundamental by politics as usual. We see
our unique role as
seeking the deep systemic change we'll need to win our independence
from corporate rule
and replace it with true democracy.
How did Alliance for Democracy begin?
AUGUST 1995, The
published Ronnie Dugger's "A
Call to Citizens: Will Real Populists
Please Stand Up."
Over 6000 people responded, 2500 joined, and more than 55 local
formed nationwide. In late 1996 delegates from 30 states convened in
Texas hill country
and the Alliance for Democracy was founded.
POPULISTS of the 1880s arose
in those same Texas hills to
challenge banks and corporate trusts for control of the national wealth
Uniting farm and factory workers for the first time, they set up
each other, published newspapers and books, and fielded 20,000 speakers
to show the way to
cooperation, self-respect, and hope.
Yes, but those
first populists . . .
THEY COMBATTED RACISM and anti-Semitism more
effectively than any social movement before the Civil Rights movement
of the 1960s, as
demonstrated by historian C. Vann Woodward. Even so, a number of
Populists shared the
prejudices of that time. We, 21st century Populists, are committed to
the equal importance
of every person, no matter the person's race, religion, gender, age,
politics, or nation of origin.
What is the
our lives, our government, our work, our
health care and our food supply. Media conglomerates control the course
and set the limits
of public discussion, commercialize and debase our national
consciousness, and manipulate
mainstream public opinion.
THE NATURAL WORLD is
threatened. Yet people worldwide are
exhorted to consume more and buy more in the name of "progress" so big
corporations can get bigger.
* The courts have given corporations the basic
Constitutional rights of persons, but
workers lose those rights on entering the workplace.
* The World Trade Organization effectively
gives corporations veto power over our
U.S. environmental and labor laws, weakening our right to protect
ourselves and our land
by our legislation.
* Of the world's 100 largest economies, 50 are
now global corporations.
* The corporate share of taxes paid has fallen
from 33 percent in the 1940s to 15
percent today. Individuals' share of taxes has risen from 44 to 73
* The richest 1 percent of Americans own 40
percent of U.S. assets.
How does the
IN LOCAL CHAPTERS,
educating each other, studying the corporate system and corporate
power in their
communities, acting against local corporate abuses, and making
inventories of local
alternative economic and media resources. Our biennial conventions
elect a national council,
which oversees the organization, its campaigns, and our national
office. The chapters are self-governing
in accordance with agreements between them and the national
organization. Visit our chapter page here.
Constitution and Bylaws are here.
What do Alliance
FROM all across the
political spectrum, so our beliefs vary.
But most of us feel that no task is more important than taking back
our democracy from
the unelected mega-corporations that, step by stealthy step, have
stolen it from us.
UNDERSTAND the size of this
task. But we are serious in our demand
for systemic change. All the changes we need and want we cannot have
unless We, the
People, take back our power, this time for all of us.
IF WE DON'T, we will not have
health care for everyone, or elections
not bought by the corporations and the wealthy, or a just tax system.
WE WILL NOT
HAVE clean food and
water, a healthy natural environment,
or safe cities and towns. We will not have good education for our
treatment for all people, full employment, or an adequate safety net
for our poor, weak,
OK, how about action? Check out this
website to see what's going on with campaigns and chapters!